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A Night of Readings About Social Justice
Nov30

A Night of Readings About Social Justice

DATE: Thursday, December 17th TIME:  7pm to 8:30pm PLACE: Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027 What do Genetically Modified foods, Freedom Summer of 1964 and building community through urban agriculture all have in common? They are themes that can be found in the novels and short stories of The Head & The Hand Press. Of course these themes are also all social justice issues. But as The Head & The Hand Press upholds its mission to tell stories that have the power to “change and entertain,” this Philadelphia publisher has added a literary depth to these issues that are at the forefront of progressivism in the United States. If your love of literature intersects with your passion for social justice, then please join The Head & The Hand Press and The Open Book Bookstore as we welcome Jon McGoran reading from his food advocacy essay “Long Range Meal Planning,” Simone Zelitch reading from her civil rights novel Waveland and Nic Esposito reading from his urban farming essay collection Kensington Homestead. Jon McGoran is the author of six novels, including the biotech thrillers Drift and Deadout, as well as their forthcoming sequel, Dust Up (April 2016), all from Tor/Forge Books, as well as the novella After Effects, from Amazon StoryFront. Writing as D. H. Dublin, he is also author of the forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison and Freezer Burn, from Penguin Books. His short fiction and nonfiction can be found in a variety of anthologies, and his short story “Bad Debt” received an honorable mention in Best American Mystery Stories, 2014. He is a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, the International Association of Crime Writers, and a founding member of the Philadelphia Liars Club, a group of published authors dedicated to writers helping writers. Simone Zelitch’s previous books include Louisa, which gained a starred review from Publishers Weekly and Kirkus as well as praise from the New York Times. She also the author of Moses in Sinai and The Confession of Jack Straw. Once a Peace Corps Volunteer in Hungary, Simone is now a professor at the Community College of Philadelphia where she coordinates the English Degree and established the Creative Writing Certificate Program. After developing urban farm projects in West Philadelphia with the organization Philly Rooted, Nic Esposito now co-manages Emerald Street Community Farm with his wife Elisa as well as their own homestead populated by their son, Luca, a dog, a cat, and a whole bunch of chickens. He writes about social change, urban farming and sustainability for blogs and magazine and spoke on urban farming at the 2010 TED X...

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Local Authors are Guest Booksellers on Small Business Saturday November 28th
Nov05

Local Authors are Guest Booksellers on Small Business Saturday November 28th

The Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, November 28th, is Small Business Saturday. On this day, many indie bookstores invite authors to be guest booksellers. It’s fun for customers to come in and find the authors working in the store! Come meet some of the authors who live in our community as they take a shift guest bookselling at Open Book Bookstore on 11/28. Here’s the schedule: 11am to Noon: Daniel Sean Kaye, author of Never Underestimate a Hermit Crab Noon to 1pm:  Jon McGoran, author he author of six novels, including the biotech thrillers Drift and Deadout 1pm to 2pm:    Andy Schloss, author of cookbooks too numerous to mention here! 2pm to 3pm:    Stephanie Feldman, author of the novel The Angel of Losses 3pm to 4pm:    Karen Toz, author of many middle grade books, including Nate Rocks, and a novel for adults 4pm to 5pm:    Christine Weiser, author of Broad Street and co-founder of Philadelphia Stories magazine Shop indie, shop local! Oh, and did we mention...

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Cheltenham High School Vocal Arts Coffee House

Enjoy a variety of musical performances by members of Cheltenham High School’s fabulous music program! DATE:        Friday, December 4th TIME:         7pm to 9pm PLACE:     Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Rd., Elkins Park, PA 19027 Come hear some talented Cheltenham High School Vocal Arts students perform and, while you do, support them as they fundraise for a school trip to travel to Puerto Rico, where they will meet and perform with local...

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Chat with the Chefs about their favorite cookbooks!
Nov04

Chat with the Chefs about their favorite cookbooks!

Join three local chefs and find out which cookbooks they use and rely on, and which ones they recommend for home chefs. In this season of both gift-giving and heavy-duty cooking, find out which cookbooks, new and old, are worth investing in. DATE: Tuesday, December 1st TIME:  6pm MEET THE CHEFS Owen Lee, Chef and Co-owner of Park Plates Aliza Green, author and chef‐manager of Baba Olga’s Café  & Supper Club Andy Schloss, author and chef   Aliza Green is a chef and food industry consultant. She has written 13 cookbooks, including a James Beard Award winner and four for Quarry Books: MakingArtisan Pasta, Soupmaker’s Kitchen, Fishmonger’s Apprentice, and Butcher’s Apprentice.Making Artisan Pasta was named by Cooking Light as one of their Top 100 Cookbooks ofthe Last 25 years. She is also the chef‐manager of Baba Olga’s Cafe & Supper Club inPhiladelphia, which marries global flavor with locally sourced, sustainably harvestedingredients. Andrew Schloss is a prolific teacher and author known by his readers and students for his inventive recipes and an ability to explain technical aspects of cooking in entertaining, understandable terms. He is the author of 23 cookbooks including: Mastering the Grill (winner of a World Gourmand Award and a New York Times best-seller) and The Science of Good Food (winner of an IACP Cookbook Award, a James Beard finalist, nominated by Le Cordon Bleu Food Media Awards as Best Food Book in the World), both co-authored with David Joachim; Fifty Ways to Cook Most Everything (a main selection for Book of the Month Home Style Club); Homemade Sodas; One-Pot Cakes; Fire It Up, The Art of the Slow Cooker, Cooking Slow and Homemade Liqueurs & Infused Spirits. Owen Lee is co-owner of Park Plates Restaurant in Elkins Park, PA. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, with 30 years’ experience in the food business.  A native of Philadelphia, Owen found his passion for cooking at a young age. Through his Cuban ancestry and fluency in Spanish, as well as his travels through the United States, Thailand, Mexico and the Caribbean, Owen developed a keen interest in ethnic cuisines.  After graduating from cooking school, he returned to Philadelphia and worked as a chef for various restaurants and catering operations.  In addition, he worked as a traveling chef for The Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, and Olympic gold medalists Brian Boitano and Katarina Witt. In 1992, Owen opened a catering business called “Uncommon Catering” in Philadelphia, arranging both corporate and social events.  In 2000 Owen opened Cibucán, a Latin American style tapas restaurant in Philadelphia. Starting in 2004, Owen teamed up with filmmaker Mitchell Smith to produce a TV program about Latin American food, music...

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Fiction Writing Class with Hilary Plum
Nov01

Fiction Writing Class with Hilary Plum

Open Book is thrilled to announce a new fiction writing class taught by local novelist, editor and writing teacher Hilary Plum. This eight-week workshop will offer inspiration, guidance, and community to help you progress as a writer of fiction. In these eight weeks, we’ll undertake a rigorous exploration of all things fiction, while providing the support and structure that writers at all stages require. Each participant should come with a work in progress, whether a short story, a draft of a novel (partial or full), or some pages you don’t know yet how to define: projects of all lengths and genres are welcome, though we ask that you have at least 20 pages already written. At each weekly meeting, we will share and discuss several participants’ work, as well as occasional short additional readings. Our discussion will serve as a means to explore the issues of craft essential to narrative prose: conflict, characterization, dialogue, description, scene and exposition, syntax and style. We’ll ask participants to do a small amount of reading weekly, and please come prepared to try new experiments in writing. If you are working on a nonfiction project and think you might benefit from this workshop, we’d also be happy to hear from you. Click here to register. CLASS DETAILS AND LOGISTICS BELOW! Hilary Plum is the author of the novel They Dragged Them Through the Streets (FC2, 2013). She has worked for a number of years as an editor of international literature, including as co-director of Clockroot Books; currently she co-edits the Open Prose Series at Rescue Press and is a book-review editor with the Kenyon Review. She has taught creative writing and composition in a number of universities and community settings. Recent fiction, nonfiction, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Fence, the Seneca Review, Consequence, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Massachusetts Review, and elsewhere. www.hilaryplum.com Class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9pm on the following dates: September 30 October: 7, 14, 21 November: 4, 11, 18 December 2 (Please note: this series is sequential except we will be skipping October 28th and skipping 11/25, which is the day before Thanksgiving.) Cost: $240 Location: class meets at Open Book Bookstore, 7900 High School Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 Click here to...

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Dinner with a Book: Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover
Oct16

Dinner with a Book: Isabel Allende’s The Japanese Lover

Open Book is pleased to announce a new Dinner with a Book event on Thursday, November 12th. We will dine at The Rose Tattoo Café and discuss the new book by Isabel Allende, The Japanese Lover. After dinner we will attend a reading by Ms. Allende at the nearby main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. Dinner, discussion, and tickets to the library reading are included in the cost of the event. Sign up soon: only ten slots are available! Click here to register. DATE: Thursday, November 12th TIME: 5:30pm to 9pm Dinner at 5:30pm, The Rose Tattoo Café Provide your own transportation to the restaurant. Street parking available. Author Reading by Isabel Allende: 7: 30pm (Details HERE) COST: $65 (Cost includes book discussion, three-course meal with tax and gratuity, and a reserved ticket to the library event.) Copies of The Japanese Lover are available for sale from open book at a discount for event attendees. Choose the “Dinner/Reading +  Book” option when you make your payment to reserve a copy of the book. ABOUT THE BOOK In 1939, as Poland falls under the shadow of the Nazis, young Alma Belasco’s parents send her away to live in safety with an aunt and uncle in San Francisco. There she encounters Ichimei Fukuda, the quiet and gentle son of the family’s Japanese gardener. Unnoticed by those around them, a tender love affair begins to blossom. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the two are cruelly pulled apart as Ichimei and his family—like thousands of other Japanese Americans—are declared enemies and forcibly relocated to internment camps run by the United States government. Throughout their lifetimes, Alma and Ichimei reunite again and again, but theirs is a love that they are forever forced to hide from the world. The Japanese Lover explores questions of identity, abandonment, redemption, and the unknowable impact of fate on our lives. Written with the same attention to historical detail and keen understanding of her characters that Isabel Allende has been known for since her landmark first novel The House of the Spirits, The Japanese Lover is a profoundly moving tribute to the constancy of the human heart in a world of unceasing change. ABOUT OPEN BOOK Open Book is a long running program of book discussion classes and author events led by book publishing professional Lynn Rosen. Lynn is an editor and former literary agent, and has taught literature, writing, and publishing at several area universities. She is a published author and now the proprietor of the Open Book Bookstore in Elkins Park, PA. Click here to register. Questions: 267-627-4888 or...

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